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think there has been any publications my book with me and follow the choir in our Church that have exceeded in in the singing. Now, this is the point: value the Leaflets as they have been We older Latter-day Saints have got issued from time to time by the Union. into the habit of going to meeting with I think they are invaluable. I would our hymn books, and we are going to like all the superintendents and teach- endeavor to get the rising generation ers to take every pains in their power to into the habit of going to meeting with have these Leaflets thoroughly studied their hymn books, and, in order to do and mastered by the young people. this, we must train them in our Sun

I do not wish to trespass upon your day schools. Sunday school superintime, as there are many items of busi- tendents have come to me and said, ness that have to be attended to, but I "Well, brother Maeser, that is all very say as I have said before, God bless you well, but how is it to be accomplished? in your labors and give you great suc

We have talked, and talked and talked, cess and great joy in continuing your but it has done no apparent good. What labor in this direction. I ask it in the

course would you advise us to pursue?" name of Jesus. Amen.

I have advised them as follows: "My brethren and



Sunday school teacher and had been as.

signed by the superintendent to take The use of the Children's Sunday charge of a certain department, and I School Hymn Book,

had found since my appointment that The Sunday school superintendents the children in my department were not at the Stake Sunday school conferences in the habit of bringing their hymn sometimes report that the Sunday books with them. I would say, "My school hymn books are left at home by dear pupils, I am going to ask you a the children and have gradually gone question, and that question is, out of use in their Sunday shools. Now, which of you have a hymn book the Sunday School Union Board has with you? Hold it up and let me see it. spent considerable means in distribut- That is all. I am going to ask you this ing these hymn books amongst


question again next Sunday. If any of schools. A great many thousands, you have a hymn book bring it along included in several editions have been and let me see it." Next Sunday comes, published. Why has this been done? I have sixty pupils in my department. There is a principle involved in the use My question comes. “What question did of these hymn books to which I wish I say I would ask you today?" Some to call your attention. Look over the one says, “You was going to ask who congregations of the Latter-day Saints had a hymn book.” “Well, how many in their public meetings and you will of you have them?" Four children have perhaps see some old brother or sister hymn books and are able to hold thein using the standard hymn books of the up; the other fifty-six have none. I Church and following the choir in the would not find fault or scold, or make singing, but by far the great majority any discouraging remark, but I would of the congregation have no hymn thank and bless these four. "Now next books with them, and cannot, therefore, Sunday I shall ask you this same ques. understand the words which the choir tion again. You four will please bring are singing. This is all wrong. Sing- your hymn books, and if the rest of you ing is a part of the prayer-pleasing in will do so I will be obliged.” Next Sun. the sight of

Heavenly Father. day comes. “How many of you have When there is a prayer being offered hymn books with you today?" Seven. to my Heavenly Father, I for one al- I have gained three now. I would conways want to share in it; I want to be tinue this from one Sunday to another. counted in that prayer, whether it is of- I have got eleven perhaps the next fered on the stand by one of the Sunday, then seventeen, and so on, unbrethren or whether it be in the form til three or four months have passed. of a song. How can this be possible Never occupy too much time in asking if I do not understand the words that these questions, only about two minare being sung? Well, I always have utes no longer. After three or four



So I sug

months there are just five boys with- where I was doing so was next to that out hymn books, now I will suppose of a dentist. The people in the hall demyself one of these five boys. The oth- cided that some one was having his er fifty-five have their books, I cannot teeth extracted. (Laughter.) When I stand this any longer; I am getting was a little boy Sister Eliza R. Snow ashamed of myself. All are beginning to exercised the gift of tongues, and the hold up their hymn books but me and interpretation was given by Sister Zina the other four. I cannot stand it. I D. Young; and therein I was promised go home and ask my father to give me

that I should be chosen to be one of ten cents with which to buy a hymn the leaders of the Church, and I stand book. I get one and hold it up next

here tonight in fulfillment of that preSunday with the rest, and then there diction. All the days of my life I have are only four now without books. My tried to sing "O My Father," written brethren and sisters, it is not hard to

by Sister Eliza R. Snow. When I was do this, but we must persevere;

a child, next to my own mother, no must never leave off asking this ques

woman that ever lived took as much in

terest in me, gave me as much mothertion. Neither must we think that our labor ends when all bring their hymn ly advice or seemed to love me more books, if we do the scholars will be

than did Sister Snow. I loved her with come discouraged that no one takes all my heart, and loved her hymn, “O

I remarked some four any notice of their books, and they will. My Father." by and by, leave their hymn books at

months ago to Brother Horace S. Enhome again. Before the year is ended sign that I would be willing to spend

four or five months of my spare time we are in the same fix-the children have no books with them. We have to if I could only learn to sing that one

He told me that any one could keep constantly at it.

The children hymn.

learn to sing that had perseverance. I are as full of human nature as we are. They

said to him if there was anything that must be noticed, and they

I had it was perseverance. need some encouragement. We Sunday

gested that we sit down and I would school workers, the grown up

take my first lesson of two hours on that and women, like a little encouragement

song I have been continuing the lesin our labors, once in a while. So do the children. They must be noticed and

sons on it ever since. (Laughter.) I encouraged in their work as much as we

have sung it as high as 115 times in one older ones. God bless you all is my

day. I have practiced on the “Doxolo

gy" between three and four hundred prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ.

times,and there are only four lines, and I Amen.

cannot sing it yet. (Laughter.) I ELDER HEBER J. GRANT. traveled from Holbrook, Arizona, to St.

John, with Brothers Clawson and KimWe find on the 137th page in the Doctrine and Covenants, the following:

ball, some months ago, and I sang one "For my soul delighteth in the song of

hundred times that day and gave them the heart, yea, the song of the righteous

nervous prostration. (Laughter.) Now is a prayer unto me, and it shall be

I tried to sing "O My Father" at Snowanswered with a blessing upon their flake, Arizona, and I only got as far as heads."

the “0," and I did not get that right. I have, all the days of my life, en

(Laughter.) I have been delighted tojoyed singing very much. When I was

night with the songs of these little chil. a little boy ten years of age I joined dren, and I am delighted with the singa singing class, and the professor told ing that we have in our Sunday schools. me that I could never learn to sing.

A few months before Brother Goddard Some years ago I had my character

died I asked him to let me copy the read by a phrenologist and he told me songs contained in his song book, and I that I could sing, but he said he would told him that, though I could not sing. like to be fortv miles away while I yet I would read them to the children was doing it. (Laughter.) I was prac- and would perpetuate his memory by ticing singing a few weeks ago in the reading these songs. He made some Templeton building, and the


excuse at the time, but shortly before


he died he presented me with a copy self by singing here. I have but one of his song book, written in his own object tonight in speaking and singing, hand-writing. I prize it more highly and that is to encourage the young men than money.

I would not exchange it and young ladies not to waste thirty for its weight in gold. I intended to or forty years of their lives before unfulfil my promise, but when I learned, dertaking to sing, If I had told the after five or six weeks of hard study, congregation that I had learned to sing and after singing one hymn thousands and had not tried they would not have of times, to sing a little I decided not believed it; and many do not believe it to read these songs to the children, but

now. (Laughter.) But the fact reto learn to sing them in the Sabbath mains that by continued effort one can schools. Professor Heber S. Goddard learn to sing that has no knowledge is now teaching me to sing, “Who's on of music whatever, as was the case the Lord's side, Who?” I do not know with me. I did not know one note how many months it will take him, but from another, and could barely distinI propose to learn it some day, whether guish one tune from another. When it takes six months or six years. I first began to learn to sing this song (Laughter.) When I do, if I get the op- ("O My Father”) I would get off on portunity, I will sing here. I make nearly every line, and did not know it. these remarks because I feel that we I have learned to know when I am off. ought to encourage our young people to I have been off two or three times tolearn to sing. From the standpoint of night. (Laughter). I have been a singer, I have lost thirty-three years troubled this evening with stage fright of my life. I was told when ten years and have been very nervous. I have old that I could never learn to sing. I sung this song at least twenty times did not learn until forty-three years of in this building. Brother Ensign has age, and I have spent four or five been behind me to help me tonight. months trying to learn to sing the Probably next time I will not have this hymns, “God moves in a mysterious stage fright. way,” and “O My Father." I have I want to repeat to the superintendlearned one because of the sentiments ents and teachers that the Lord says and my love for the author, and the “the song of the heart" is a prayer to other because the late President Wil- Him and that it shall be answered with ford Woodruff loved it better than any a blessing upon our heads. I have a other hymn in the hymn book. Now all

song in my home every morning, since singers say it is a mistake to speak be. I learned to sing, and I feel that it is a fore you sing, and therefore if I do not nice part of the family worship, and I sing very well it is because I spoke feel that we can increase the capacity first. (Laughter.)

of our children to sing and to praise Brother Grant here sang two stanzas the Lord in the songs of Zion, if we will of “O My Father.”

only teach them to sing over and over Now, when Brother Goddard used to again. May the Lord bless you, I ask sing, when he got off he would try it in the name of Jesus. Amen. again, I have sung this two or three times with

DR. J. M. TANNER. Brother Ensign and I know that I am not singing it "All Sunday School lessons should right; I have not pitched it right have a bearing on the Gospel or its Brother Goddard would try sometimes principles. half a dozen times to pitch a song. I We are engaged in the instruction of think I had better try and get this in something like one hundred thousand a different key. (Laughter).

children. When the population of the Brother Grant then sang the conclud- Latter-day Saints is taken into consid. ing stanzas. (In the same key.)

eration, this is unquestionably the Now I expect many of

you would

largest organization of children in the like to take a trip of thirty or forty world, and our Sabbath school has its miles when you leave here. (Laugh- distinct objects, and, among the aims of ter). Now some people will say Brother our labors is the cultivation of the Grant has made an exhibition of him- faith of the Latter-day Saints among




our children. It is our aim to teach the Sabbath school teacher to them the principles of the Gospel as we within the hearts of his children those have learned them, and to make of intense feelings that are engendered by them followers of our Lord and Savior a strong conviction of the truth of the Jesus Christ, and to inculcate a love of work as he has received a testimony of that religion as it has been taught to it. And how we can teach the children us and

understand it. It is to feel-to feel as we feel? In the first therefore desirable that all of our Sun- place we must have strong convictions day school lessons should have some di. ourselves, and we must be intensely inrect bearing upon our faith. They terested. It must be a work of love should have those distinct qualities and and come from the heart. It must be characteristics that impress upon the with ourselves a question of correct little ones the thoughts and feelings living, and above all things we must associated with the religion of their be pure in heart, pure in our thoughts parents. For that reason pamphlets and undefiled in our feelings, constanthave been prepared, courses of studies ly, within ourselves, dedicating our lives have been mapped out and instructions to God and to His work. The Sabbath have been given in the methods of pre- school teacher has to deal with childsentation, and yet there is found, very ren who are pure, who are pure from frequently, a disposition to make this their infancy, whose lives have not been work in the Sunday schools purely an contaminated with the ways of the argumentative work, and it would be world, and he should be a man, or she oftimes very difficult to discern any should be a woman, qualified in every difference in the qualities of those les- respect to come in contact with the pursons as taught by us and those taught ity of youth, and for that reason there by other denominations in the world. should be a constant effort on our part It is distinctly our aim and purpose to so conduct our thoughts and feelings then, to give a direct quality and bear- that they shall be pure and sanctified ing to this work and make the lessons before God. Therein lies our safety; correspond with the spirit of the faith therein lies our success. Every man which we have. Naturally enough, carries with him a certain influence. therefore, we should adopt those means There is within his character those that will best aid us in this direction. qualities that make up his general disWe want to know, then, how to pre- position. We cannot always define that sent a lesson from a “Mormon" point influence, but we know that every man of view. We want to know how to give carries with him an influence coming these lessons a direct application to our from his own individuality, and that infaith, and that is the object of my re- dividuality comes from

his marks tonight. I cannot enter into the thoughts and feelings. Those subjects details, as time will not permit, but I upon which his thoughts dwell are the can mention two means by which this subjects that reach, through the influmay be brought about. The first, and ence of our presence, the feelings of perhaps most important one is that we others. Hence the necessity of correct understand at the outset that the pur- living. If there is a Sabbath school pose of religion, the purpose of teach- teacher that is not constantly striving ing religion, is that our children may be to better his life, to purify his thoughts taught to feel as well as to think; for and feelings, he is not Atted for the subreligion is not a system of philosophy, lime work of a teacher in the Sabbath however much scientists or revolution school. For that reason, therefore, we ists may desire to reduce it to a scien- should constantly keep before us the tific basis. Religion is the Gospel of thought, the idea, that we are directing correct living, thinking and feeling, of the feelings of the children, and that correct lives, if you please, including convictions are forming within them all that we are, including our feelings that will carry them through life, that as well as our thoughts, and for that we are making impressions upon their reason we ought to be instructed how young minds that will be lasting, and to think correctly and how to feel those impressions should be of the very correctly. It is particularly the duty of purest and chastest kind. I hope, ther




fore, that the teachers will feel, when Sevier Lake, their Galilee our Utah they have their classes before them, that Lake, their Dead Sea our Salt Lake, they are to carry convictions to the their River Jordan our River Jordan. hearts of their listeners, that they will The impressions and ideas that they remember that it is an important part imbibed and that grew up in them on of our teaching to instruct the children account of their homes and surroundhow to feel as well as how to think, ings are peculiar to the Latter-day for both are necessary in a complete life. Saints today. All these things may be Then again the Sabbath school teacher shown, and the constant comparisons should be familiar with the history of that may be made in teaching these the Church. If the Sabbath school teacher lessons to the Sabbath school children has had experience as a missionary he may reveal and will reveal to the minds will find striking comparisons between of the children the great similarity bethe sayings of the ancient Apostles and tween us, and these evidences will Prophets and the Apostles and Prophets actually carry with them a conviction of the present time. The missionary of the truth of our religion, and they will find that the conditions of life will be more firmly convinced of its among ancient Israel were very simi. truthfulness than ever before. I hold,

to the conditions of life among then, that these two means may, and

He will find many striking ought to be, adopted everywhere in peculiarities in the system of worship promulgating our doctrines and faith of the apostolic age that are also among the children, whatever the subcharacteristic of our own system of jects may be in the Sabbath school. We worship at the present time. In other are teaching the Old and New Testawords, the Sabbath school teacher

ments as well as our Church works, and should be familiar with our own his- it is as necessary, therefore, that these tory, with the history of the Church, its books—the Old and New Testamentsorganization, the labors of the Elders should be as valuable in establishing abroad, and so on, that in bringing up

the truth and the evidences of that we these lesons either from the old or believe, as those books known to us New Testament he can point constantly

as the Doctrine and Covenants and the to the parallel existing between ancient

Book of Mormon. and modern Israel, and in this way he

I take it that the purpose or aim in will have constant illustrations that asking me to speak upon this subject will enable the scholars to understand tonight was to call your attention to how we are like ancient Israel, for if the disposition, on the part of some of one thing has impressed the Elder in

the teachers to make our exercises in his labors it is the great similarity that

the Sunday school argumentative rathexists between us and ancient Israel, er than to keep them in the line of our the similarity of organization, teach- faith, that we shall have a distinct purings, etc. The student should under- pose in view in the education of stand that if persecution overtook us it children in the Sunday school, and that also overtook them; that if we were purpose is to make every one of our unpopular, they were unpopular; that if Sunday school children firm in the faith they had Prophets and Apostles, we

of our fathers and faithful and lasting have them likewise, The children Saints. God bless you. Amen. should understand that if they believed Miss Judith Anderson sang in good in continuous revelation, we believe in style, a contralto solo entitled, “The continuous revelation, and in this man- Children's Friend,'' which was much ap. ner bring constantly to their attention preciated, showing a well trained and the similarity that exists between them

beautiful voice. and us, between our methods and theirs, Elder John M. Mills read the program

lives and theirs, our missionary of the exercises of the annual Sunday work and theirs. This similarity may

school Stake conferences of 1900. also be shown forth in teaching them geography. The location of ancient ELDER JOSEPH W. SUMMERHAYS. Israel was among the mountain tops, as If you remember, one year ago last is the case with us, their lakes resem- November, we had a Sunday school con. ble our lakes; their lake Mermom our vention which lasted two days. The



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